Drew + Megan
There's just something about Fall weddings. The chill in the air, the lovely color palettes, the promise of perfectly overcast days... I'm not sure which part I like the best! Aside from fall weddings, there's just something about Drew + Megan as well. Their love for one another is so, so sweet (wait until you see them reading their vows before the ceremony!) Megan is kind, beautiful, and so appreciative... and Drew looks at her like she's the only woman in the world. Their wedding was truly adorable (and super gorgeous)!
The day started with Megan and her ladies getting ready at The Barn on the Hill in Leaf River, IL, where the ceremony and reception would both take place. If you haven't seen the charm this place embodies, you're in for a treat! The perfect combination of elegance, rustic, and charming whimsy! Once Drew + Megan were ready, they wanted to sneak off and read each others vows INSTEAD of having a "first look". This. Was. Precious. My first time photographing this and I am so much in love with the tradition! (Future SJ Brides, first look AND private vow reading?! I feel the wheels spinning...!)
Outdoor ceremonies are some of my favorite to capture because the lighting is so incredible! Especially when the ceremony takes place under a giant tree! Even better, Drew + Megan wanted to have an unplugged ceremony, which meant they asked their guests to keep their phones away during the ceremony so that they could be fully present during it. I LOVE THIS IDEA! Weddings only happen once, so being fully present in the moment is one of the most important things in the world. So sweet!
With the ceremony over, it was on to the reception! Megan had the most adorable sweets table full of delectable s'mores cupcakes and pumpkin pies... and yes, I tried a cupcake and yes, they were marvelous! Way to go, Megan! Towards the end of the night, I just had to get a photo with the beautiful bride, and as we were saying our "see ya later's" Megan thanked me for making her comfortable throughout her wedding day. This means the world to me. Being an "experience maker" is one of the highest compliments a photographer can receive. Thank you for making my heart happy, Megan. I am so thrilled that I could make your wedding day as stress-free and comfortable as possible! (By the way, it rained on Drew + Megan's day and you couldn't even tell in the photos! We took is as our good luck charm!)
Side note: Florals, florals, florals, oh my goodness FLORALS. Megan, congratulations on having some of the most amazing bouquets that I have ever photographed! I can't get enough of them!
Drew + Megan, congratulations again on your exquisite wedding... thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for allowing me to be a part of your most precious day. It means the world to me. I wish you both the most amazing of marriages + the happiest of ever afters.
A big thanks to all the vendors who helped make this wedding possible! Incredible job!
DRESS: Brandi’s Bridal Galleria New Glarus, WI | http://brandisbridal.com/
BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Brandi’s Bridal Galleria New Glarus, Wi | http://brandisbridal.com/
FLORIST: Donna Kuntzelman Chatty Lady Creations | 815.222.7238
VENUE: The Barn on the Hill | http://www.thebarnonthehill.net
CATERING: Pinnon's Deli | http://pinnons.com/
RECEPTION: The Barn on the Hill | http://www.thebarnonthehill.net
DJ ENTERTAINMENT: Jasson Wight | jayrayentertainment@gmail.
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